VCU students plan to go the dance distance

I’m going to be honest a RamTHON doesn’t quite sound right or proper.

Virginia Commonwealth University will host the inaugural RamTHON this week to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. On Saturday, Feb. 27, VCU students will stand on their feet for 12 hours in support of the children at CHoR. VCU’s event is one of more than 400 dance marathon events nationwide that support local Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals.

More than 350 VCU students have spent recent months fundraising for CHoR. The 12-hour dance marathon is a celebration event that will serve as a venue to announce the total funds raised and to help increase awareness for the children and families at CHoR. This year’s RamTHON theme is “Everyday Heroes” in honor of the children at the hospital.

This family-friendly event is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. with activities for adults and children of all ages. The event will feature entertainment and games, as well as visits from families and doctors at the hospital. Various student groups will perform throughout the day and themed music will change each hour to reflect a variety of genres.

Sponsors include Panda Express, TGI Fridays, Applebee’s, Panera Bread, Costco and Walmart.

All festivities will take place at the University Student Commons on 907 Floyd Ave. There will be a recommended donation for visitors and the final fundraising total will be announced at the event’s finale at 10 p.m. For more information about RamTHON, please contact Lindsey Dombert at 804-828- 4439 or by visiting

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Richard Hayes

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